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Health Services Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Managing Strategic Change MGT5303

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Managing Strategic Change is an introduction to a range of frameworks, theories and literature related to the practice of designing and implementing a suitable change management plan to support the strategic intentions of an organisatio


This course will be delivered using blended methods, including recorded lectures, seminars, and tutorials in Semester 1.

Excluded Courses






The summative assessment is by a written assignment of 2,500 words.



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

To provide participants with the ability to assess, analyse and implement change within organisations, in particular to:

■ Explore the nature and context of change.

■ Examine alternative change management approaches and theories.

■ Determine optimal change management strategies given particular change contexts.

■ Examine how best to implement predetermined change strategies.

■ Define and recommend a change management action consistent with the recommended strategic direction.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Apply a range of change management methodologies and relevant theories that can inform and support their application to practical situations.

■ Evaluate the influence of internal processes, relationships, and external environmental conditions in driving organisational change.

■ Develop practical solutions by synthesising the concepts and techniques learnt in a change management plan to support strategic intentions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

The minimum requirement for the award of credits is the submission of at least 75% by weight of the course's summative assessment (including any examinations). Further requirements may include monitored attendance at classes and examinations. All such requirements shall be specified by the Subject concerned, and given to students in writing at the beginning of the course. Normally no grade or credits shall be awarded to a candidate who has not met these requirements.